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Director, Individualized And Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Director, Individualized And Interdisciplinary Studies Program (Student Services Program Manager 2)
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Search #: 496159
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Student Programs and Services

JOB SUMMARY

Under the general direction of the Executive Director for Enrichment Programs, the Student Services Program Manager 2 provides leadership, direction, and execution for the Individualized and Interdisciplinary Studies Program (IISP), including the Individualized Major Program, the University Scholar Program, several interdisciplinary minors, and the Hanson Scholarship. Key areas of responsibility will include: undergraduate student advising, program management and evaluation, recruitment of student applicants, and liaising with faculty across the University to facilitate student access to interdisciplinary learning, among others.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

The IISP Director will be responsible for the day-to-day administration, development, and delivery of program content and will act independently within the goals and objectives of the program and the guidelines established by the manager.

The Student Services Program Manager 2 will:

  1. Advise and manage the advising of students applying to and/or admitted to the Individualized Major Program, the University Scholar Program, several interdisciplinary minors, and the Hanson Scholarship.
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of program policies and services through the collection and analysis of program data. Identify problems and institute changes or make recommendations for major changes.
  3. Direct each program's relations with its faculty oversight committee. Represent the initiatives and interests of each program with relevant deans, department heads, and school/college committees.
  4. Teach the Individualized Major gateway and/or capstone courses.
  5. Recruit and manage the recruitment of qualified students into IISP programs through promotional activities, screening of applications for admission, and liaison with faculty.
  6. Facilitate faculty support for and knowledge of the Individualized Major program, the University Scholar Program, interdisciplinary minors, and the Hanson Scholarship; facilitate student access to faculty advising and to relevant courses across the University.
  7. Select, train, and manage IISP advising staff. Identify staffing needs; determine work assignments and work schedules to most effectively meet program needs; resolve personnel problems and review personnel actions to ensure compliance with collective bargaining agreements and with university, state, and funding agency regulations.
  8. Direct the communications, marketing, and outreach activities of the programs, including planning and development of promotional strategies; oversee the website and social media presence.
  9. Liaise regularly with faculty partners to develop strategic partnerships and enhance support for IISP students throughout the University.
  10. Has oversite for and monitors student progress, maintain university-wide records, and document central advising information.
  11. Provide research-informed and best practice policy insights related to individualized majors at a Research One University.
  12. Serve on university committees as appropriate.
  13. Perform related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in a related field.
  • Five years of experience in higher education program management and delivery.
  • Professional experience in advising undergraduate students.
  • Thorough knowledge of and demonstrated competence in the practice of undergraduate advising.
  • Ability to interpret educational records and data related to student academic performance and progress.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills, including the ability to identify and resolve complex administrative problems.
  • Demonstrated experience prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to create systems and processes to enhance program efficiencies.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, and administrators, as well as external constituents and the public.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with professional and student staff supervision.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ed.D. or Ph.D.
  • Demonstrated expertise in academic interdisciplinarity and/or modes of academic inquiry.
  • Professional work experience at a large research university, including at least 1 year in a leadership role.
  • Experience in program and/or project assessment.
  • Experience in large-scale program implementation and/or support.
  • Evidence of creative use of resources to solve organizational challenges.
  • Demonstrated expertise in undergraduate student learning and college student development.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a full-time 12-month position.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

TO APPLY

Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #496159 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Incomplete applications - those missing one or more of the three required components - will NOT be considered.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on April 1, 2022.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Pre-Professional Programs Advisor (Student Services Program Administrator)

JOB SUMMARY

The University of Connecticut Enrichment Programs is looking to fill two openings for a Pre-Professional Programs Advisor. One of the two positions can accommodate a full (100%) telecommuting work schedule, subject to authorization and University policy. Under the supervision of the Director and Assistant Director of Pre-Professional Advising, the Pre-Professional Programs Advisor will support and advise students and alumni interested in pursuing careers in the health and/or law professions. The Program Advisor will also contribute to the preparation of individualized cover letters and letter packets for applicants to health professional programs.

The Program Advisor will be an appropriately experienced higher education professional, well informed about the range of undergraduate courses and programs available at the University. They must be an effective problem solver, accustomed to working independently, and capable of prioritizing and completing administrative tasks related to academic programs.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Advises students and alumni interested in health and/or law careers, including medicine and dental medicine, both independently and in collaboration with advising colleagues.
  2. Contributes to the preparation of individualized cover letters and letter packets for applicants to health professional programs.
  3. Assumes primary responsibility for assigned workshops and programming elements (e.g., Husky Health Foundations, Chat with Alumni, Application Elements, Group Advising, Dinner with Doctors).
  4. Assists in planning and implementing additional co-curricular activities, workshops, and programs, as assigned.
  5. Coordinates specific office operations for the Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising Office; processes necessary paperwork, records (including student records), and files required to support the office’s programs.
  6. Advises or co-advises student organizations affiliated with pre-health fields.
  7. Provides administrative and technical support as well as program logistics for program staff and students.
  8. Responds to inquiries from students, faculty, and others regarding program policies, procedures, and requirements, making referrals as appropriate.
  9. Monitors student progress and compliance with program requirements and standards.
  10. Assists in writing and/or editing informational and publicity materials, electronic and print.
  11. Provides information regarding various specialized programs as well as requirements and opportunities relevant to health professional preparation.
  12. Serves as a resource for students, faculty, parents and others having questions about programs or academic policies; makes referrals as appropriate.
  13. Performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in counseling, education, or a related field.
  • 5 years’ experience working with undergraduate students in a professional advising and counseling role. 1 year of experience must be serving as an advanced team member.
  • Demonstrated experience planning, coordinating, and implementing program services and activities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple short- and long-term projects.
  • Proven ability to manage and perform administrative functions.
  • Experience working with diverse, underrepresented, and/or first generation students.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Ability to successfully advise undergraduate students and to interpret educational records and data related to student academic performance and progress.
  • Willingness and ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours as needed to support program events and activities.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree.
  • Professional work experience at a large university.
  • Experience working with high-achieving students in an advising capacity.
  • Work experience in a health-related and/or legal field.
  • Professional experience with supervision of student staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot problems that interfere with the student's academic progress and experience in working to effectively to resolve them.
  • Experience with assessment and program evaluation.
  • Proven ability to work independently and to solve problems and approach challenges in a flexible and/or creative way.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a permanent full-time position. One of the two positions can accommodate a full (100%) telecommuting work schedule, subject to authorization and University policy. Questions about the telecommuting schedule for this position may be directed to Anabel Perez Malone at anabel.perez@uconn.edu.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

TO APPLY

Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #495750 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Indicate in your cover letter if you are interested in the remote or in-person position or if you would be interested in either. Please note that references will not be contacted until later in the search process after discussion with applicants. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Include search number on all correspondence.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on March 10, 2022.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.